Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Fire Safety for Multi-Unit Residences

Bison's Fire Safety for Multi use residences

Most people think of their home as their safe haven. In our urban, and rural, communities, multi-unit residences act as the home for countless individuals. Whether you’re living in an apartment building, a university or college campus, or an independent living facility, the responsibility for fire safety lands on both the landlord and the tenant.

Preparedness is your best bet at staying safe during a fire-related emergency. Practice these essential fire safety tips to make sure that your multi-unit living experience is a safe and enjoyable one.

Know Your Fire Safety Plan

Depending on your local fire codes, your multi-unit building should be equipped with a fire safety plan, outlining evacuation routes, the location of fire safety equipment, and emergency fire department phone numbers.

If you live in an apartment, campus residence, or independent living building, you’re surrounded by a large population of other people, many of whom will have different needs than your own.

Landlords are responsible for the installation and maintenance of fire safety equipment, like fire extinguishers and fire alarms. As a responsible tenant, take note of the location of these safety devices, and review the fire safety plan regularly.

Fire Safety Tips

As a tenant in a multi-unit residence, practice these fire safety tips to ensure your wellbeing, and that of others who live in your building:

  • Know at least 2 routes of escape from each room in your residence.
  • Count the number of doorways it takes you to get out of your building, from your residence, through hallways, to the exit door. You may have to feel your way out through the dark if the power goes out, so knowing this number will be of extreme importance during a fire.
  • Keep electrical outlets unobstructed and clear of debris.
  • Maintain a clean kitchen and living space. This ensures that there are less items crowded around stoves, ovens, and heaters, where they could potentially catch on fire.
  • Don’t overload your sockets. Doing so can result in an electrical fire.
  • Store flammable liquids in safe areas, like closed cabinets and containers.

In Case of a Fire

Sometimes, fire-related emergencies do occur. If this is the case, evacuations can be more difficult in buildings that have a large population, all of whom will be attempting to escape at the same time.

  • If you discover a fire or hear your buildings alert system going off, stay calm.
  • Upon discovering a fire, immediately sound the alarm and call the fire department.
  • Leave your residence immediately, ensuring to close all doors behind you to slow the potential spread of fire.
  • Unless you are put in immediate danger doing so, follow your building’s evacuation plan. Use your alternate escape route if your first exit method is blocked.
  • Always feel the door for heat before entering through, and if you encounter an area heavy with smoke, crawl through if safe.
  • Do not use an elevator during a fire, no matter where you are in the building.
  • Once you are outside, remain there until authorities alert you that it is once again safe to enter, or until other instructions are provided.

Our team of fire protection experts at Bison Fire Protection want you to stay safe from fires, no matter your living situation. Contact us today at 866-441-3473 for more information about how our services and equipment can help keep you and your loved ones safe.

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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fire Safety For People With Disabilities

Bison's Fire Safety for People with Disabilities

If you or a loved one lives with a mental, visual, or physical disability, you know all too well the challenges that must be overcome day to day. Often, fire safety plans and systems are designed to meet the building code, without taking accessibility for disabled individuals into account. In most cases, disabled persons require extra preparedness when it comes to fire safety.

Thankfully, the risk of injury or death resulting from failed emergency escapes is preventable when the right precautions are put in place. Ensure that you and your loved ones are safe at home by following these essential steps for fire safety for disabled individuals.

Fire Safety for Visually Impaired Individuals

When a person sees a fire, their first instinct is to find the safest way out of the situation. However, finding a safe way out may not be accessible when sight is impaired. Even the smallest of fires can be disastrous for visually impaired individuals, as the fire cannot be located with ease. Fires can spread in a matter of moments, and when smoke begins to overtake an area, the other senses are quickly overwhelmed.

Precautions to take:

  • Develop two or more safe routes of exit from your home, and practice these with routine fire drills.
  • Practice kitchen safety. Wear tight clothes when cooking, and never leave hot ovens or stovetops unattended.
  • Unplug unused appliances such as radiators or portable heaters when going to sleep. These appliances can quickly overheat or overload a socket, starting a fire.

Fire Safety for Mentally Impaired Individuals

Sometimes, mentally impaired people have a decreased ability to react safely in emergency situations. Thankfully, there are emergency safety measures that can be implemented throughout a household to assist mentally impaired individuals with getting out of dangerous situations safely.

Precautions to take:

  • Routinely plan and practice a route of escape. Ques are helpful in this process, such as a whistle or loud beeping to initiate the fire drill.
  • If you or your loved one is wheelchair-bound, ensure that your exit strategy is wheelchair accessible and free of obstructions at all times.
  • Practice opening deadbolts, windows, and doors on a regular basis.
  • Ensure that the individual sleeps near an exit on the ground floor of a home for a quick exit, when possible.

Fire Safety for Physically Impaired Individuals

Whether the physical impairment requires the use of a wheelchair or cane, of if the individual is bed-ridden, preparedness for emergency situations is critical.

  • Try and make sure that your home is free of obstructions that may block the route of escape for physically impaired people.
  • Again, there should be at least 2 escape plans that allow exit through the largest hallways within the home. These escape routes should be routinely practiced.
  • Make sure that smoke detectors are installed in all rooms of a home
  • Put a phone in an accessible location for physically impaired individuals, preferably next to the bed, or in each room.

Preparedness is your ally in fire safety for disabled individuals. Our team at Bison Fire Protection want to ensure that you and your family feel safe, no matter the situation. Whether you’re in Winnipeg, Thompson, Kenora, Brandon, or Regina, contact us today for your fire protection services.

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